Six Things Not Everyone Knows About Wendy LaCapra + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / July 13, 2015

Wendy LaCapra, a 2012 Golden Heart® Finalist, has been reading romance since she discovered Victoria Holt (in the library’s adult section!)  From that point on, her only dream was to create worlds with historical richness, intrigue and pleasure. She lives in NYC with her husband and can occasionally be found gossiping about history and romance with the Dashing Duchesses or burning up the web with those mystical mistresses of resilience, the GH class of 2012 aka the Firebirds.   Six Things Not Everyone Knows About Me by Wendy LaCapra I find bios terribly difficult to write. I think the best are short, sweet and clever. My keeper shelf is packed away for a pending move, but I think I can recall my favorite of them all, Tessa Dare’s from her first trilogy… “Full time mom, part time librarian and swing shift writer.” How awesome is that? Lost detail is the limitation of the short, sweet bio, and so in the spirit of full disclosure, I present Six Things Not Everyone Knows About Me: There’s a Quaker character in Lady Scandal. Quakers are near and dear to my heart. Why? A series of school bus incidents, a kindly admissions officer, a…

Longing for Romance by Anne Holster + GC Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / July 7, 2015

First time author Anne Holster resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and reading angsty romance novels. She is currently working on her second novel.     Longing for Romance by Anne Holster Why is it that the most powerful part of any romance novel is not when the characters are living happily ever after, but of each other’s feelings? This is a powerful phenomenon I have never quite understood but wholeheartedly embraced, first as a reader and now as a writer. There is something about the characters’ longing that keeps us waiting with baited breath for the moment they declare their undying love and fall into each other’s arms… so long as that moment doesn’t come too soon. For it is more while at the same time dreading the end of the book. I was never so engrossed in Twilight as in the first book, when Bella was obsessing over how Edward felt about her, or in New Moon, when she risked her life so she could get another “glimpse” of him (even if it was just a hallucination!). Along with millions…

Three Awesome Summer Dates in Nashville + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 26, 2015

Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen steamy contemporary novels as well as a few Regency-set historicals and light paranormals. The first book in her “Naughty in Nashville” steamy country music series, Nashville Heat, was a finalist in RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice awards for Best Small Press Erotic Romance.     Three Awesome Summer Dates in Nashville by Bethany Michaels I moved to Nashville in 2006 and instantly fell in love with the city. I love the down-home feel to it—how friendly the people are, how unpretentious. I love the culture and history here, too. And the music. There’s music everywhere! From Broadway Street bars downtown, to bigger highly produced shows at LP Field, to street musicians, to small cafés and restaurants—there’s live music every night of the week, pretty much everywhere you go. I even went to a grocery store re-grand opening a couple years ago where there was a live band! With four kids at home, Hubs and I don’t out a heck of a lot, but here are some of the cool (cheap) things we’ve found to do in Nashville: Broadway Street and Second Avenue bars. From Tootsie’s to Coyote Ugly, to holes in the wall…

“What is romance?” by Cynthia Gail + GC Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 7, 2015

    My husband and I live in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee with our three dogs. When I’m not working or writing, I can be found with family and friends. I love to bake in the winter, grill in the summer, and on occasion, I sneak away from everyone and curl up with a good book.     What is romance? by Cynthia Gail Romance is a ginormous word, don’t you think? It can be the grandest performance, yet it can be the simplest action. And it’s something different to each of us at different times. It can be a five dollar bouquet of flowers that simply says I’m thinking of you or I hope you have a wonderful day at work. It can be an I Love You sticky note in your suitcase that surprises you at the start of a long trip, a much-needed foot rub, or your husband offering to do the dishes. In December, we see commercials with cars wrapped in red bows – dream vacations that take our breath away – beautiful diamond rings. Although romantic gestures of the grand variety are the events that the world sees and the memories we talk about for…

Clearer In The Night by Rebecca Croteau + Giveaway
Giveaway , Guest Post / June 2, 2015

    Rebecca Croteau, Ree to her friends, lives with her family in the wilds of New England. She is owned by two cats, and enjoys discovering the various ways that one can enjoy string. She is fueled by coffee, and strong autumn breezes.     How does Clearer In The Night relate to the romance genre? by Rebecca Croteau I love romance novels. I love smut, and sex, and the intricacies of human interaction, and I don’t think there’s anything more powerful in our world, where the 24 hour news cycle tells us nothing but the latest horror or atrocity, than insisting on a happy ending. But when I wrote Clearer In The Night, I didn’t give it that classic happily ever after, and I’ve been vocal about how the book is romantic and smutty, but is not a romance novel. So why is that? I love romance novels—I’ve written romance novels, published one, and hope to publish more—but this novel is paranormal, new adult, and dark fantasy. If I didn’t hate the term “women’s fiction” so much, I’d probably argue that Clearer is that as well. When I wrote Clearer, one of my goals was to write a…